With a SW wind about 12 mph but increasing, John W set the first beat to 5, then 9, 3, 2, 4, 8, 6, 7 (he couldn’t find No 1 in the box!) and back through the start.
First back through the line were the early starting Oppies of Jemima and Ed with Ron in his Mirror hanging on to 3rd place. Ominously (for them) the next three boats were Ellen & Newton (RS200), Paul R (Aero) and Julian B (OK) with Simon B (Blaze) fast approaching. At the gun the two fastest boats on paper were through to the lead and the final placings were –
1st Simon; 2nd Paul R; 3rd Jemima; 4th Ellen & Newton; 5th Julian B; 6th Mike Tr, and interestingly Ed was 7th.
The wind increased for the second race of the day and first man back though the line was Paul R (Aero), but only two seconds in front of Simon (Blaze) with Julian B (OK) about one minute further back. Hugh (Laser) was next through in 4th place just ahead of Newton & Ellen (RS200) and Mike Tr (Laser). Karen and Mark B (Lasers) crossed the line in 7th and 8th places about one minute ahead of Rick in another Laser, who was just ahead of Dave & Ann (Leader). Another minute elapsed before Alistair S (Laser) came along and he was nearly one minute ahead of the next man Ron (Mirror), who in turn was a minute ahead of Dean & Nick in the Vago, but they were only just ahead of Chris H (Comet). Two minutes later Jemima (Oppie) and Dave P (Mirror) crossed the line together only 10 seconds ahead of Ed in the other Oppie and bringing up the rear of the fleet was Sally & Nev in the second Leader out today. So the fleet was well strung out, but tended to be in small groups rather than solitary boats so everyone had some someone to race against.
By the end of the second lap Simon had taken the lead from Paul with Julian B still 3rd, but Newton & Ellen and Mike Tr had passed Hugh to move up to 4th and 5th places. Karen was still 7th but Rick had just got his nose in front of Mark to cross in 8th place. Dean & Nick gained a place to move up to 12th and Sally & Nev moved up two places. Dave P, Jemima and Ed all received the gun at the end of the lap.
At the end of the third and final lap Simon had increased his lead, but Paul was still 2nd and the only change in order behind them was Sally & Nev getting past Chris H. Ron retired on this lap.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Paul R; 2nd Simon B; 3rd Julian B; 4th Newton & Ellen; 5th Mike Tr; 6th Hugh
On handicap the first three retain their positions, but Jemima moves up to 4th pushing Newton & Ellen down to 5th and Mike Tr to 6th.
Thanks to John W and the OOD Team of Bob H, Chris S, Peter R and Steve P.
With only one race left the Summer Series races are finely poised.
In the Pursuit Series, Chris H leads with 10 points, Karen has 12 and Mike Tr 14 points, so it is all down to the wind on the last race of the series. It will probably need to be very windy for Karen and Mike to catch Chris but it is certainly possible.
In the Handicap Series Chris H leads again with 11 points, Ron has 12, Mike Tr 14 and Newton & Ellen on 16 points. Again it probably depends upon the wind in the final race of the series. If it is a light wind day then it will probably be between Chris and Ron, but if the wind gets up then Mike or Newton & Ellen could pip them.